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3 Reasons the Government Shutdown Is a Women's Issue

Hayley Krischer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Hayley Krischer

The government shutdown might not have impacted you directly yet, but it will affect all of us --especially women -- eventually.

Shutdown Leaves Americans Anxious, Irritated

AP | KATHY MATHESON and MARK SCOLFORO | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA — Visitors arrived to find "CLOSED" signs at the Statue of Liberty, the Smithsonian and other parks and historic sites across the c...

I Want to Make a Difference

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Jaime, Katie, and La'Mont are three young servant leaders whose stories we are celebrating as part of our 40th anniversary celebration. They are a reminder that we must never ever give up on any child.

A Real War on Poverty

Nelson Davis | Posted 11.23.2013 | Small Business
Nelson Davis

Areal escape from the box labeled poverty requires several fundamentals and they all involve entrepreneurial thinking.

Latino Poverty Remains Too High Three Years Into Recovery: Latinos Want Good Jobs, Not Cuts

National Council of La Raza | Posted 11.19.2013 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

Instead of helping, Congress is on the brink of enacting more job-killing budget cuts and slashing such lifelines as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps.

Early Education: Playing to Win

Helen Blank | Posted 11.18.2013 | Parents
Helen Blank

Several U.S. Senators and Representatives joined a group of children and their parents on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol today to participate in an eye-catching event: playing a spirited game of Chutes and Ladders on a jumbo-sized game board.

Boom and Bust: Economic Recovery Falling Short for Kids

Mark Shriver | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics
Mark Shriver

How this economic recovery is going depends very much on who you talk to. New figures out today show that our nation's poorest children -- the most vulnerable among us -- remain caught in a bust.

Celebrating Forty Years for Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

On September 30th friends and supporters of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) will gather at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. to celebrate CDF's 40th anniversary and honor our best known alum, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Making Children a Priority on Grandparents Day and Every Day

Dr. Joan Lombardi | Posted 11.09.2013 | Fifty
Dr. Joan Lombardi

The fact that 57,000 children will be denied access to Head Start this year should worry everyone. Because we cannot win the future without ensuring that every child reaches his or her full potential.

Missiles and Machismo

Martha Burk | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Martha Burk

The real threat to our national security is economic, not military. Nobody knows what a "limited strike" would cost, but General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says it will run in the billions. Here's what the money could buy instead.

57,000 Reasons to Support Early Learning

Sally Steenland | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Sally Steenland

Like so many political battles these days, the gap between bipartisan support for preschool programs and cutting 57,000 kids from Head Start defies logic and common sense.

Sequestration Impairs Futures of At-Risk Children

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
Yasmina Vinci

We have more data behind us now than ever before. But the stalemate over the budget and our lingering shock that sequestration has not been restored prevents us from diverting our attention to new initiatives while we are still cutting children from our programs.

Reclaiming the Promise of the March on Washington

Randi Weingarten | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

The March on Washington, and King's soaring oration, helped create a better world, but we are a long way from the world King dreamed of. So let us all take at least one lesson from King's example. Let's unite people of many faiths in a national day of prayer to end child poverty.

Catholic Schools for Immigrants: A Second Bloodless Social Revolution

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 10.20.2013 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

As the immigration debate continues, one question haunts me: What can we do to educate immigrants' children?

The Numbers Are In: Sequestration Cuts 57,000 Kids From Head Start

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Kathleen Sebelius

For months, we have seen local stories of families and communities struggling to cope as Head Start programs have been forced to turn away children. And now we have added up all those cuts from across the country to better understand the national impact.

Sam Stein

Head Start Cuts Services For More Than 57,000 Children Due To Sequestration

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Head Start, the federal pre-K education service for low-income families, has eliminated services for more than 57,000 children in the co...

Detroit Riots of 1967: Lessons for Today

Diane Levin | Posted 09.24.2013 | Impact
Diane Levin

Let this week's events in Detroit lead to a reexamination of our goals as a nation and how we can reach them. Let us take advantage of the vast amounts of new knowledge we have gained since 1967 about how to reduce poverty and its impact on children.

Ready for School?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It's time for broad bipartisan support for critically important investments in young children. And we must get this right for children: not for test makers, not for adult interests, but for children -- especially the poorest children.

Huffington This Week: Ordinary People

Arianna Huffington | Posted 09.17.2013 | Business
Arianna Huffington

Ben takes us inside the tumultuous economic hurdles that accompany our slowly recovering housing market, not only from an economic perspective, but through the eyes of people trying to buy homes, put down roots, and improve their lives.

It Just Takes Everything We're Not Doing Now

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We know how to make a positive difference in the lives of so many poor Black males. But we have to close the gap between what we know and what we do. We don't have to keep doing the things we're getting wrong.

Does Obama's Early Education Proposal Have a Chance?

David Kirp | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
David Kirp

If early education is done well -- and the Obama plan builds in safeguards designed to assure quality -- there's abundant evidence that it's the smartest investment we can make in children's futures.

Sequester Takes Devastating Toll On Low-Income Women

2013-04-05-logo.jpg | Posted 07.11.2013 | Impact

By Sharon Johnson, Women's eNews (WOMENSENEWS)--This summer, 10 Head Start teachers in Lorain County, Ohio, lost their jobs and Hamilton, Ohio, sto...

Rally4Babies? If We Don't, Who Will?

Donna M. Butts | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact
Donna M. Butts

This virtual event aims to awaken Americans to the astonishing importance of the early weeks and months of life, when infants encounter the world with wonder and rapid learning that lays the foundation for all the curiosity and discovery that lies ahead.

Sam Stein

Life Under Sequestration Creates Nightmare Scenarios For Head Start Moms

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rhonda Reynolds was paying bills in downtown Pratt, Kan., on a hot and sunny mid-June afternoon when the second call came from her daugh...

Michael McAuliff

WATCH: Think Tank Scholar vs. Adorable 10-Year-Old

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's not often you get to see a Heritage Foundation scholar testifying side-by-side with a 10-year-old girl over the impacts of sequestr...